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Old 08-28-2018, 11:46 AM
 
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Here is my situation. A few days ago I accepted a new position with a large company. I signed the offer letter and returned it. Today I received an offer from a second company I interviewed with a few weeks back. It is for a higher salary that the offer I already accepted and seems like a much better work environment. What I am wondering is if since I already signed the offer letter and returned it, does backing out constitute a breach of contract? On the letter it states that my employment is at will, meaning either side can terminate the relationship at any time, and I assume that means even before the relationship starts. I could see that if this was a high volume sales role, and me backing out costs the company a lot of money. It is an accounting role though. Also, even if theoretically the employer can sue me, I doubt that they would, since the legal fees involved with bringing a lawsuit would probably more than any quantifiable damages that can occur, and it would probably be more cost effective to just find someone else. I think the most likely outcome is I burn a bridge with that employer, but I have to do what is best for me. I really regret the situation, and I have always been professional in my career. Please let me know what you think. Thanks.
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:43 PM
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I would call your recruiter and be honest.
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:07 PM
 
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There is no recruiter involved. I found this position on my own, on Indeed.com, as I did with the second position.
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:11 PM
 
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Can You Decline a Job Offer After You’ve Accepted It?

Can You Renege on a Job Offer?

I'm certain the OP is looking more for reassurances and emotional support that his thoughts of backing out and going for the other position is the right one.

Sorry but I don't agree. If anything the OP should have asked for more time to decide before signing anything. If it were me, I'd honor the contract, once you sign that, it is only right you honor that.

Life is not always about you and how you should feel.
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:16 PM
 
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I am not looking for emotional support.
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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Did you actually sign a contract, or did you accept a job offer?
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:46 PM
 
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I signed the offer letter. The offer letter said, "Your employment is at will." It wasn't a contract.
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:14 PM
 
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There is nothing to sue you for. If you want to go somewhere else, go.
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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Ghost them. Employers don't have your interest. Why should you? Especially to one you only signed an offer of employment with. It's an offer, not a contract. There is no specification of performance on your part, and you did not get paid anything so far. As such there is no contract, implied contract, express contract, no legal binding on you or your employer. Either can back out and can back out even while you begin work.

Either that or you can tell the first employer that I'm sorry I signed the offer but company XYZ just gave me an offer for this much. I know I signed but I just can't pass them up. Can you match company XYZ's offer? If not, then say bye bye. At least you're being honest.

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Old 08-28-2018, 06:44 PM
 
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Ghost them. Employers don't have your interest. Why should you?
Do this if you want to gain a reputation for being childish and rude. Consider how YOU would want to be treated if the positions were reversed? OP, talk to the employer whose letter you signed. Be honest. They knew you were looking and wouldn't be surprised that you were looking at multiple options. This sort of thing happens all the time. Then tell them you just received an offer that is a better fit for you at this point in your career. Thank them for their offer and consideration. If they ask for details and seem to want to re-negotiate, listen if you are genuinely interested. If not, thank them for their consideration but politely refuse.

You never know if or when you might need to do business with this company in future (if its in your field), so treating them respectfully is never a bad idea. Not like it's going to cost you a thing.
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